If you’re a fighter, or even someone who just trains in a martial art, and you’re reading this, would it surprise you to learn that you probably have next to no idea of how to eat properly for your sport? Chances are you’re probably doing one of two things wrong, and most likely, both.
You’re either completely over-relying on factory-made “nutritional” supplement junk (and wasting your money while you’re at it), or, you’re neglecting essential nutrients in whatever real foods you are eating—probably both. Just tell me if this sounds familiar. You start your day by getting your carbs in, maybe a couple bagels, a banana, some packaged orange juice.
When it gets close to training time, you’re starting to crash a little, so you have an energy drink to give you a “boost” and make it through your session. After training, you know you need to get some protein in you, so maybe you grab some hamburgers, or, if you’re cutting weight, the infamous boiled chicken and broccoli. You’re feeling pretty burnt out at this point, so you have a few beers, maybe a six pack, to wind down—tough guys drink beer, right?
Well, what if I told you you’re doing just about everything wrong to eat right to fight?
The good news is, I can offer you a very simple solution, and one that you can implement yourself, today, without buying expensive supplements, courses, products or meal plans. It’s also one that’s been around for longer than you may think: the paleo diet.
To tell the truth, I hesitate to use the word “diet” at all. American society has bastardized it to the point that the word conjures up nothing but the unpleasant pain, struggle and seeming impossibility to achieve a target weight. I hesitate even more because it represents a special kind of pain for fighters.
“Dieting” for us fighters is feeling constantly hungry, eating flavorless, fatless chicken breasts, microwaved broccoli, maybe some oatmeal, for weeks on end while clawing your way through training camp—when you’ve malnourished yourself enough to make weight, fight, and then launch a donuts-fried-chicken-greasy-Chinese-food-tacos-and-soda-and-MORE DONUTS!!! bender—Until it’s time to roust yourself from your food coma and get back into the gym before you’re 25 pounds over your fight weight—typically a week. Here “diet” means the foods that we eat, and the paleo diet is all about real foods.
This is a solution I’ve seen work for myself and many, many others. It allowed me personally to go from walking around at around 185 pounds to walking around at a comfortable 165 pounds and fighting at 155 and 147. Basically, I never would have been able to fight without it. And, this is all while eating well and feeling good. In short, I wrote this book because I have seen this stuff work, both in myself, and others, and want to share what I have learned to help others.
And, even if you are lucky enough to be someone who doesn't struggle to stay lean, Paleo for Fighters will allow you to train harder, recover faster, and make your body more injury-proof—in other words, to get more, much more, out of your sport.
Fighting is one of the oldest, most primal human activities that we have. Wouldn’t it make sense that a way of eating that has been with us just as long would allow us to unlock our true genetic potential and tap into our innate potential as fighters? This is what I’ll offer you in the ebook Paleo for Fighters. You just need to decide whether you want to experience that potential, or not.
—James Gregory, Author of Paleo for Fighters
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Published April 25, 2013
Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors.